Jessica Maffia

Jessica M.

New York, NY
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Lesson Details

Drawing

Levels Taught:
Beginner

Would you like to learn to draw the world around you? Look no further! I am a professional, exhibiting visual artist and drawing is my passion! I have a Masters in Education and have been teaching for over 10 years. I have experience with adults and children alike and absolute beginners are welcome. I will design a personalized curriculum to fit your needs. I will show you how to train your hand to work with your eyes, how to draw light and shadow, perspective, contours, how to use your materials, and much much more!

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About

Jessica delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
2006

I am a visual artist who has been exhibiting my artwork across the US since 2009 and teaching since 2006. I got my BA from Vassar College, and a Masters in Education through the NYC Teaching Fellows program. I am deeply passionate about drawing and love to share this passion with others. I believe that art isn't for the talented few but for the passionate many and what counts most of all is that you're having fun!

My drawings tend to celebrate the beautiful and surprising in the mundane. I have worked in a variety of media but my preferred material is good old-fashioned pencil on paper. I have had solo and group exhibitions, my work has been published in print and online, one of my drawings is on the cover of a philosophy book, I have exhibited at several art fairs, and I have won many fellowships, grants, and artist residencies.

Our drawing lessons will begin with learning to use the most basic materials: charcoal, erasers, pencil and paper. We will spend a lot of time learning the art of looking because above all, drawing is about observation and translating what you see.
You will begin to notice improvements in your skills after the first class!

I look forward to drawing with you.

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Experience

Teaching Artist
May 2018 - Present
Center for Educational Innovation

Teaching Artist
Sep 2009 - Aug 2018
LEAP

Teaching Artist
Sep 2011 - May 2018
Urban Arts Partnership


Education

Drawing
Mar 2008 - Jun 2012
The Art Students League of New York
Masters in Education
Sep 2006 - Dec 2009
New York City Teaching Fellows at City College of New York
BA Sociology and Latin American Studies
Sep 2001 - May 2005
Vassar College
High School
Sep 1997 - Jun 2001
Hunter College High School

Languages

Spanish
Professional Proficiency

Awards

Artist in Residence
Aug 2018
NYC Audubon
Fellowship
Sep 2017
Lacawac Artist residency
Fellowship
Jun 2017
Holocenter
Grant
Feb 2017
Puffin Foundation
Fellowship
Sep 2016
Helene Wurlitzer Foundation
Grant
Jun 2016
Hells Kitchen Foundation
Fellowship
Sep 2015
Vermont Studio Center
Fellowship
Feb 2015
New York Mills Art Retreat
Fellowship
Nov 2014
Brush Creek Artist Residency
Fellowship
Jun 2014
Byrdcliffe Art Colony

Photos & Videos

Watermelon_2017_Colored pencil on paper_

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A short documentation of the creation process of my series of photorealistic pencil drawings of cracks, residue and decay on walls.
Work in progress
Dragon Fruit_2017_colored pencil on paper

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Office supplies_2017_colored pencil on paper

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My adornments_2017_Colored pencil on paper

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Exhibition of my drawings at the Noyes Museum of Stockton University

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Work in progress 
Onion_2017_colored pencil on paper

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That's Never Going to Heal_2011_pencil on paper

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El Alivio_2016_colored pencil on paper
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17 Reviews

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Rainy T. Aug 24, 2019
Drawing · Online

My 6 year old daughter really enjoyed her online drawing lesson with Jessica. The lesson was well-structured and thought through. The materials Jessica picked were diverse and informative. I was amazed how Jessica made the online lesson seem as if she was right here in our house. I asked my daughter how many more lessons should I set up for her and she answered: many, many more! I strongly recommend Jessica to any student learning graphite drawing!

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Habibah May 14, 2019
Drawing · Online

Both of my children take class with Jessica. She keeps the lesson fun and really encourages both of my children. She is very talented and knows how to reach young artists to help inspire them. I highly recommend her as an instructor. This was our third class with her and we have every intention to continue taking lessons with her.

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Jiani Apr 17, 2019
Drawing · In studio

Jessica is really a great teacher and a nice person! She helps me from a completely beginner to finish a detailed pencil sketch portrait in 15hrs. Definitely recommended.

Jessica Apr 10, 2019
Drawing · In studio

Jessica is patient and encouraging. I have enjoyed every class. I leave classes feeling inspired and looking forward to the following week. Jessica really is a fantastic teacher and artist.

Sizhan Apr 9, 2019
Drawing · In studio

I am an adult student (33) taking beginner drawing lessons with Jessica. My interest/goal is to draw realistic portraits (maybe in a few years), but with no background, I'd better start from the basics, and I am so glad to have Jessica as my teacher. Her philosophy about how to approach art alone is already teaching me so much - for example, what's the correct mindset, how to really observe a subject, how to practice drawing even when I am not drawing.

We have been working on building up foundational skills and their sequence, which gives me clear understanding on what each small step means in the long term. Based on my interest and what I knew and didn’t know, Jessica would design each lesson with a specific focus in mind, usually around practicing a certain technique. Her homework (I ask for homework since I draw slowly) also reinforces those learnings. I feel more confident with each lesson, and my progress is noticeable.

Also, she is incredibly encouraging, patient, and generous. I never feel judged or self-conscious practicing techniques in front of her (often clumsily) or showing her my new drawings. She always gives thorough feedback and encouraging words. Overall, she gives me confidence on my journey, and that is much needed for an adult student who didn’t have the chance to start when younger. Best teacher ever!

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Nicholas Nov 29, 2018
Drawing · Online

Jessica is a great teacher. She has spent much time with me, teaching and helping me complete my art portfolio. I highly recommend Jessica if you want to improve your drawing skills!!

Vasilisa Nov 12, 2018
· In studio

I’m enjoying Jessica’s lessons so much. I began to draw much more often and this is the first time I’m not afraid to show my pictures to people. She always make safe atmosphere for your creativity. I’m really happy to draw now and all thanks for Jessica.

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Francesca Oct 20, 2018
Drawing · In home

Jessica is simply outstanding!!! She got right to the heart of what my children needed to work on to improve their drawing, and she was able to work with a range of abilities, attention spans, etc. Within minutes she was able to draw out the tentative artist in each of her three young students (ages 9-11), and you could see the difference in confidence in just one lesson!! She is smart, fun, flexible--you really could not find a better instructor!!!

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Anna Apr 18, 2018
Drawing · In home

Jessica is a GREAT drawing teacher! My two daughters aged 7 and 9 have been having lessons with Jessica for a couple of months and she has done such an excellent job of catering to their very different personalities and preferred learning styles. She is so patient and calm. She has taught them various techniques, including how to work with charcoal, and they have both improved so much in such a short time. My kids really look forward to their lesson every time, and carry on with their projects when the lesson is over. I highly recommend her!

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Manisha Apr 16, 2018
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Jessica is great with children if all ages! Very nice, patient personality! We had a lesson at our home for our three children ages 5, 8, 10. She did a wonderful job teaching all three at different skill set levels . Highly recommend.

CW Mar 1, 2018
Drawing · In home

Our daughter has just started taking drawing lessons with Jessica and has made real progress. She has enjoyed her time with Jessica and I would recommend her to any and all budding artists.

Jack Oct 10, 2017
Drawing · In home

Jessica was an excellent teacher with my 9 year old son. It is quite clear she has experience working with children - she is patient, calming and supportive. He can't wait for his next lesson!

Rose Sep 5, 2017
Drawing · In studio

I have always loved to draw as a hobby, but could never get the hang of it. I found Jessica on Craigslist and she taught me how to hold a pencil properly to create the depth to my drawings I've always dreamed about! I highly recommend Jessica and can't wait till my next lesson with her! Thanks again!

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Beth Sep 4, 2017
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Jessica is worldclass, and without parallell! When my 2nd Grade Sons teacher reccomended I enroll him in supplememtal art classes it took a few tries before we found a good fit, and 5 minutes in Jessica fit like an old shoe. Shes absolutely brilliant at keeping him motivated and focused and entertained, and I am so proud of how much progress he's made in such a short period of time. If I could give her 25 stars I would because 5 just doesn't do her justice.

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Dana R. Sep 4, 2017
Drawing · In studio

I've been Jessica's art student for more than a year and I'm still fascinated how much I have learned so far. I already make beautiful, colorful drawings on my own, some of which I could even sell! I love her energy and mastery of teaching and doing art, but most of all her passion. I love the experience and I'm planning to keep on growing as artist myself with Jessica's guidance.

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Tonie Sep 4, 2017
Drawing · In home

Jessica Maffia is not only a profoundly gifted and skilled professionally trained artist, but she is also a highly intuitive instructor. Jessica will happily meet you exactly where you are in your craft and inspire you to really improve, learn and grow in your drawing. Jessica's decade plus experience as an artist and teacher makes her a perfect instructor for those wanting to take their drawing practice more seriously and begin to master all the elements of this fine art. I have not had a more talented and inspiring instructor; Jessica evinces so much creative passion and artistic integrity that it becomes contagious. I am much better for having worked with her.

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Lisette Sep 4, 2017
Drawing · In home

I have always felt like I had a creative impulse I needed to express, but felt like I needed some solidified skills to be able to begin. I felt nervous about starting to learn something new at my age, but from the first conversation I had with Jessica, I knew I would feel absolutely at ease learning with her. Jessica is both an experienced educator and a truly inspired artist. One of the first things she taught me was how to look at the world around me differently and in a more open way that allowed me to translate that to paper. It was exhilarating. Jessica is absolutely lovely, knowledgeable and provides tangible instructions that are showing their effect on paper! I am so thrilled with the work I am creating with her continued instruction. I cannot more highly reccommend studying with Jessica!

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